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#327956 - 03/29/13 11:35 AM How to control FA in a crop run off pond?
Ranger007 Offline


Registered: 03/29/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Louisiana
My pond is a little over an acre, about 50% of it is water 12 ft deep or more. But it is along the edge of a soybean field and of course it gets run off.

My problem is FA. every year I spray cutrine plus to control the banks closest to my house, but with a mild winter this year the FA is really bad. It has been stocked with LMB. I have no aeration.

I was wondering if there was anything else I could do?

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#327958 - 03/29/13 11:40 AM Re: How to control FA in a crop run off pond? [Re: Ranger007]
small pond Offline


Registered: 01/31/13
Posts: 616
Loc: somerset county pa
Does the pond rely on runoff to keep full? If not you could try to divert it around the pond.


Edited by small pond (03/29/13 11:41 AM)
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#327967 - 03/29/13 12:43 PM Re: How to control FA in a crop run off pond? [Re: Ranger007]
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Registered: 03/29/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Louisiana
Run off is what keeps it full.

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#327970 - 03/29/13 12:46 PM Re: How to control FA in a crop run off pond? [Re: Ranger007]
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Registered: 01/31/13
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Loc: somerset county pa
have you ever stocked grass carp or tilapia? I would probably try stocking them instead of using chemicals. you should probably start looking into installing an aerator. I don't know much about algae control but i'm sure someone will come along that does normaly the experts are allover this kind of thing.


Edited by small pond (03/29/13 12:52 PM)
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#327977 - 03/29/13 03:29 PM Re: How to control FA in a crop run off pond? [Re: Ranger007]
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Registered: 09/06/11
Posts: 2315
Loc: Northeast Ohio
Hi Ranger007,

Tilapia are good for a non chemical way to go. Try to contact Rex, AKA Rainman, by a PM. He would be able to tell you if they are legal to stock in your state.

Link to just one of many threads on tilapia;
http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.ph...true#Post321024

It is always a bit slower here around holiday weekends, but hopefully others will give a few more suggestions. I have been reading up on the FA also, and some folks use a pond dye in conjunction with the Cutrine. See this thread to see how Tums controls the FA to get a plankton bloom.
http://forums.pondboss.com/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=327960#Post327960

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#327995 - 03/29/13 07:53 PM Re: How to control FA in a crop run off pond? [Re: Ranger007]
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Registered: 09/06/11
Posts: 2315
Loc: Northeast Ohio
Also, the pros may want to know if you have any other plants growing in the pond. Other plants might help compete against the FA. Not a quick fix, but a possibility for the future.

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#328034 - 03/30/13 08:49 AM Re: How to control FA in a crop run off pond? [Re: Ranger007]
Ranger007 Offline


Registered: 03/29/13
Posts: 3
Loc: Louisiana
Thanks for the replys. I'm definitely going to look into the talapia since bass can eat them too. I dont have any other underwater grass as of now and hadn't used any pond color yet but will definitely look into that also.

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#328040 - 03/30/13 09:42 AM Re: How to control FA in a crop run off pond? [Re: Ranger007]
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Can you also plant a grass barrier around the pond as wide as possible?
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#328959 - 04/04/13 11:28 PM Re: How to control FA in a crop run off pond? [Re: Ranger007]
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Registered: 09/01/08
Posts: 888
Loc: Sunbury,Ohio
Just read this post and was going to suggest the same thing Cecil Baird did. A grass barrier is a great filter system for water before it reaches your pond.

I was almost tempted to let cattails grow on a small drainage side of my pond, but I just let the grass grow taller on that side. Its not an alge free system but it helps. P.S. I hate cattails grin.

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